Set Intentions, Not Resolutions for 2018

 In Inspiration, Lifestyle

We’ve all been there. As soon as a new year rolls around, you start to think about your life and how you need or want to change it. The popular idea for this is setting a New Years Resolution.

A resolution implies something with an ending and often it can be quite limiting. Common resolutions like losing weight, quitting smoking, or working out, are all about a specific act that you want to either start or stop. Instead of resolutions this year, I’m setting intentions for myself in 2018.

To me, intentions allow room for growth, change, and any uncertainty in your life. Things may not always go your way, and take it from me, a used-to-be psycho type A person, that sometimes you just need to go with the flow and deal with unexpected changes. Once I stopped worrying about things out of my control, I’ve had a lot less anxiety in my life. I’ll write more about this in the future, but it’s one of the underlying reasons for me choosing to set intentions over resolutions this year.

While setting your intentions you should be meaningful, but also allow yourself to be in the present and see what your body truly needs. I categorized my intentions into three groups for 2018, with sub-goals beneath each main intention. I plan to focus on these main ideas throughout the year and made adaptations as needed.

2018 intentions

My Intentions for 2018:
  1. FOCUS – on what goes into or on my body
    1. Clean eating and cooking more
    2. Safer makeup, beauty, and skincare (S/O to Beautycounter)
    3. Meditation and relaxation; including diffusing essential oils, etc.
  2. EXPLORE – find new areas that are outside of my comfort zone
    1. Travel more and take trips
    2. Visit new NYC spots and switch up my normal routine
    3. Step outside of my comfort zone at work and in my personal life
  3. CREATE – use my passion for something good
    1. Consistent blog and social media content
    2. Deep relationships with friends and family members
    3. A new level of confidence in my life after struggling with insecurities

 

Although this seems like a long list, a lot of my intentions don’t have definitive numbers tied to them. It’s all about making these simple changes for me to lead a happier life!

I’d love to hear if you set any goals for the New Year and what they are. Comment below!

 

Xx,

Lauren

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  • Stephanie
    Reply

    This is such an excellent post, Lauren! I love your intentions and they’re very similar to mine, which isn’t surprising considering we’re such kindred spirits! Here’s to a fabulous 2018!

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thanks so much, Steph!! Hope you have an amazing year 🙂 Xx

  • Kileen
    Reply

    I love your mentality on this! You have awesome intentions set for 2018, some of those are on my list as well. Happy New Year babe!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thanks, Kileen!! Hope you have the best year 🙂

  • Helen
    Reply

    This is a great post.. Enjoyed reading your post and i love it! Happy New Year to you and your family!

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thanks, Helen. You too!

  • Nataly
    Reply

    Such a great post! I love the idea of intentions or goals instead of resolutions! Here’s to a great 2018!

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thanks, Nataly! Have a great 2018, girl 🙂

  • Whit
    Reply

    ooh I love this! This is such a good way to approach a new year!

    Britt+Whit

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thank you!! Xx

  • Megan Elliott
    Reply

    I love this mindset so much! Your intentions are awesome. Totally resonate with mine!

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thank you so much!!

  • Candace
    Reply

    Cleaner eating has definitely been one of my priorities this year! I am no longer eating meat!

  • sharon wu
    Reply

    yes to intentions over resolutions! i am doing the same this year and i think it’s for the better. happy new year darling! xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/fashion/nothing-but-good-times/

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Love that you’re doing this too! Xoxox

  • Cathclaire
    Reply

    So necessary! Thank you for sharing this post – I needed to read it tonight! xo

    Cathclaire | Fashion Blogger
    http://www.cathclaire.com

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • Kasey | Running in Heels
    Reply

    Love this idea! Intentions are much better than resolutions!

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thanks so much! I agree!

  • Life of a Sister
    Reply

    Could not agree more! Love the way you wrote this!

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thank you! You are so sweet! Xx

  • Taylor
    Reply

    Great tips! I love this take on New Years resolutions!

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thanks Taylor!!

  • KatWalkSF
    Reply

    Such a great read! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thanks, babe 🙂

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